Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2020 2020-11-26T01:03:05-05:00 <![CDATA[BLOG: SpackenKill Union Free School District – Ahead of the Class in Design]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-spackenkill-union-free-school-district-ahead-of-the-class-in-design https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-spackenkill-union-free-school-district-ahead-of-the-class-in-design Located in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York, the Spackenkill Union Free School District is known for its long tradition of excellence and high educational standards. Established in 1866, the District has grown from a one-room schoolhouse to four schools serving more than 1,500 students annually.

Today, the District prides itself on being a small community that maintains a high level of academic excellence. Spackenkill High School in particular was rated #1 out of 13 high schools in Dutchess County and was the recipient of the US Department of Education 2018 National Blue-Ribbon Award.

With national recognition for educational excellence comes the need to invest in learning environments that support quality teaching and advanced academic programs. The CPL team has been honored to play a role in helping the District do just that for the last 15 years.

Since 2005, CPL has been helping the Spackenkill UFSD remain “ahead of the class” in terms of design by maintaining the District’s facilities and keeping their infrastructure in top notch condition.


“Our team has been consistent in leading the District through substantial renovations to their two elementary schools, middle school and high school buildings,” said Principal Architect, Chris Colby, AIA, LEED, AP. “We’ve done everything from critical upgrades to items such as windows, doors, roofs, mechanical systems and fire alarms, to larger endeavors like brand new classrooms, fitness center spaces and even a black box theater to support their growing performing arts program.”

Most recently, CPL assisted the District in making needed improvements to the High School’s track and field—a project that not only impacted the District, but the entire community at large.


A high school’s athletic field is more than a place where students fulfill their physical education requirements. It often serves as a point of pride for communities and instills a sense of belonging to those who use it.

This was especially proven true during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, when members of the community craved safe, outdoor spaces to exercise, play and enjoy some fresh air.


“We knew how important the renovation of this track and field would be to the community, but we never could have anticipated the impact it would have as a result of the coronavirus,” explained Colby. “It really has become a community focal point—where students not only challenge themselves for next-level achievements, but where community members can also gather safely and responsibly.”

When schools succeed, communities succeed. Through forward-thinking designs and needed improvements, CPL can help Districts like Spackenkill achieve great things, both athletically and academically.

“It’s been really fulfilling for us as a firm to have been part of Spackenkill’s development for the last 15 years,” said Colby. “Our consistent partnership with them has allowed us to outfit their teachers with inspiring spaces to educate students, and give taxpayers modernized school buildings and fields that help their community grow and thrive.”


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2020-11-20T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: City of Jamestown Pedestrian Bridges]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-city-of-jamestown-pedestrian-bridges https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-city-of-jamestown-pedestrian-bridges This transformative project features two new pedestrian bridges, which add connectivity over the Chadakoin River to the Jamestown Riverwalk trail and Panzarella Park. Located directly south of the new National Comedy Center, the bridges greatly enhance pedestrian access along the waterfront and act as catalysts for future economic development.


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2020-11-11T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: AFSA Members Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-afsa-members-celebrate-milestone-anniversaries https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-afsa-members-celebrate-milestone-anniversaries The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is recognizing members who are celebrating milestone membership anniversaries. CPL plumbing engineering team member, Ron Davis, is proudly celebrating a 20-year anniversary.

>> Click here to learn more about Ron's favorite AFSA memories and things he’s learned.

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2020-11-04T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Go Big or Gourd Home]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-go-big-or-gourd-home https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-go-big-or-gourd-home The annual "CPL Pumpkin Challenge" has become a highly anticipated event put on by CPL's Wellness Committee—a committee charged with providing helpful initiatives, valuable knowledge and fun incentives to promote a healthy lifestyle and happy workplace. Each year, team members enjoy getting into the Halloween spirit and putting their design minds to work as they gut, paint, sculpt and decorate pumpkins. A challenge that inevitably sparks cleverness and creativity among all who participate, this year's submissions did not disappoint.

Winning Team
Andrew Hammond, Brady Sturm and April Harvey from CPL Olean, NY


Winning Individual
Grace Zhang from CPL Suwanee, GA



Honorable Mentions
Carrie Ann Spitz, Ashley Hallenbeck and James Masula from CPL Albany, NY


Transportation Team Virtually Trick or Treating from CPL Atlanta, GA


Carly Owczarczak, Anne Dafchik, Kyle Drummer and Robin Coffey from CPL Buffalo, NY


Meagen Stone from CPL Poughkeepsie, NY


Suzanne Goodwin + Daughters from CPL Poughkeepsie, NY


Christyn Giannavola, Amy Marra and Courtney Ter-Velde from CPL Rochester, NY


Heather Cornwell from CPL Rochester, NY


Stephanie Douglas from CPL Suwanee, GA


Grace Zhang (Is 2021 here yet?) from CPL Suwanee, GA

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2020-10-29T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Erie County Medical Center Entry Pavilion]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-erie-county-medical-center-entry-pavilion https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-erie-county-medical-center-entry-pavilion Set in a densely populated, urban residential neighborhood, the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) provides state-of-the-art healthcare to the residents of Erie County and Buffalo, NY. The hospital was constructed in 1971, and today, it stands as one of the busiest healthcare institutions in the region.

Through a generous donation from Russell J. Salvatore, ECMC put forth a plan to reimagine the main hospital and revamp its front entrance. The intent was to create a new, light filled entry pavilion that would serve as an inspiring and welcoming environment to everyone who entered the facility.


The CPL team was honored by the opportunity to provide architectural and interior design services for the nearly 50-year-old building, which was originally designed with precast concrete and a vertical curtainwall.

“Our design approach for the new entrance was to contrast the large mass of original precast concrete panels, which had you entering the building through a dark, almost forbidding, entry way,” said CPL Vice President, Mike Mistriner, AIA. “The goal was to design a gently compounded, curved glass façade to help bring more transparency and light into the new lobby.”


The final design takes advantage of the building’s vertical volume with the roof curving upward to a height of 50 feet. This design effect offers a continuous skylight that runs up the exterior wall and continues within the curved roof structure.


The 4,000 square-foot entry pavilion also features a central cascading light sculpture over the main reception desk. This fixture adds to the “community living room” feel, which was one of the hospital’s driving design goals.

With an emphasis on creating a comfortable and inviting public space with improved, easy access to the main elevators and newly installed escalators, ECMC’s new entrance is a testament to the hospital’s commitment to positively impacting each visitor’s experience.


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2020-10-19T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Director of Marketing]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-director-of-marketing https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-director-of-marketing Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Rochester, NY - Friday, October 16, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Sarah Gibson as its new Director of Marketing. Gibson brings nearly 20 years of strategic marketing experience, most recently serving as Group Account Director at Butler/Till in Rochester, NY.

In her new role, Gibson will provide leadership, insight and direction to the firm’s marketing team by overseeing the development of proposals, managing outbound marketing strategies, and designing business development methods that keep pace with client demands. Additionally, she will work to build and maintain relationships with the media, partners and clients alike, as well as evolve the CPL brand to reflect steady growth across all practice areas.

A natural-born problem solver, Gibson has a knack for getting to the heart of challenges or inefficiencies and developing new, refined solutions. Throughout her career, she has spearheaded a number of agile marketing efforts for brands in rapidly evolving categories. This has included the development and execution of successful marketing campaigns for notable brands like Mastercard, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, ESL Federal Credit Union, Northwest Bank, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), NYSERDA, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and Sodexo.

“My POV is that no matter what, there’s always a human at the end of our communication chain,” Gibson said. “Whether it’s products or professional services, we’re always trying to move a human in profound and memorable ways. All of my work centers around deeply connecting with people, which is why I’m excited to be here at CPL. This firm is driven to connect with their clients as people—friends even—and their design work reflects those connections in meaningful ways for all end users.”

Gibson’s professional experience extends to several thought leadership workshops and events in the sustainability and built environment space. She has been a speaker for conferences hosted by the US EPA, NYSERDA, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Garrison Institute, and Greenbuild.

Additionally, Gibson was a member of the Association of Energy Services Professionals, a graduate of the 4A’s Executive Leadership Program, and has a certification in Behavior Change in Energy Efficiency Programs. And as if these extracurriculars didn’t keep her busy enough, she has even found time to be on the Roc City Roller Derby Committee—Rochester New York’s first all-women, flat-track derby league.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sarah to the team,” CPL Chief Culture Officer, Kathy Metcalfe, said. “Sarah comes to CPL with a fresh perspective and deep expertise in strategic marketing, business development and team leadership. Her personable approach is a perfect match for the position and the company. I fully expect her leadership to bring new ideas to the team and have a meaningful impact on our continued growth and success.”

Gibson resides in Rochester, NY with her husband, daughter, and new puppy, Alfie.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 18 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2020-10-16T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Suwanee]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-suwanee-2 https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-suwanee-2 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Suwanee, GA - Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Kenneth Timpson, P.E. its civil engineering team in Suwanee, GA.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Timpson will be responsible for a variety of transportation projects from initial concept to final design. With more than 30 years of roadway design experience, he is an expert in roadway drainage design and MS-4 design as it relates to highway projects.

Timpson has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a licensed engineer in the State of Georgia as well as a member of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE).

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 18 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2020-10-14T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Rochester is Poised For a Renaissance]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-rochester-is-poised-for-a-renaissance https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-rochester-is-poised-for-a-renaissance There’s still a quiet buzz in the area downtown. You may not notice immediately, but its there. It’s not coming from the work-week lunch crowd at Midtown or the last second crowd frantically finishing up at Genesee Brewery before heading over the bridge to Frontier Field. No, the typical summer sounds of our region have been muted. If you listen closely though, you can hear it. The buzz.

While the rest of the country seems to be on pause, our region continues to buzz along quietly, unaware of the opportunity that we have. Work from home has noticeably affected downtown’s vibe. Many who call downtown home five days a week may be surprised to see all that has happened when they return.

CPL's Jason Streb, AIA is discussing how Rochester is poised for a Renaissance.

>> Click here to read the full article, featured in the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ).

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2020-10-12T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Residential Design Trends Reflect Generational Preferences]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-residential-design-trends-reflect-generational-preferences https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-residential-design-trends-reflect-generational-preferences Since March, most Americans have been spending more time at home. The results of this situation have created a massive demand on home improvement projects and caused even more disruption in an already strained materials supply chain (lumber, for instance, is at huge premium).

Beyond tackling the “honey-do list” or upgrade project, people are rethinking their living spaces and, in many instances, asking them to do more. The living room, kitchen and bedroom now need to accommodate an office, classroom or exercise space. Virtual life is a commonality, yet virtual living seems to be the next frontier undiscovered. If so, how can designers create spaces that accommodate our multi-purpose lifestyle? More importantly, how can construction be as flexible as our devices?

CPL's Jason Streb, AIA tackles these questions and more as he discusses how residential design trends reflect generational preferences.

>> Click here to read the full article, featured in the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ).

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2020-08-27T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: COVID Forces Us to Reevaluate How We Inhabit Buildings]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-covid-forces-us-to-reevaluate-how-we-inhabit-buildings https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-covid-forces-us-to-reevaluate-how-we-inhabit-buildings For better or worse, people are paying attention to their physical space now more than ever. As the region and state continue re-opening, our view of the commonplace is now seen through the lens of the pandemic.

CPL architectural team member, Jason Streb, AIA, is sharing his thoughts on how the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to re-evaluate how we inhabit buildings.

>> Click here to read the full article, featured in the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ).

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2020-06-25T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Virtual Training for New Healthcare Facilities]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-virtual-training-for-new-healthcare-facilities https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-virtual-training-for-new-healthcare-facilities Training staff for the opening a new facility can be extremely difficult, especially during a pandemic. The traditional method of onsite workflow planning is immensely limited at this time. CPL and its Creative Labs Team were recently commissioned by the Rochester Regional Health System to develop a fully interactive, virtual training model for front line workers to become familiar with their new spaces in the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care tower in Rochester, NY.

>> Click here to learn more about this great, virtual training model, featured as the Cover Story in the October issue of the Rochester Engineer

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2020-10-09T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Chamblee]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-chamblee https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-chamblee Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Chamblee, GA - Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Gregory Castater to its civil engineering team in Chamblee, GA.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Castater will cover design at all stages for a variety of transportation engineering projects. With experience working for multiple Department of Transportation (DOT) projects throughout the Northeast, he most recently served as a Transportation Engineer for Point Engineering.

Castater has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut and holds an OSHA 10 certification. He is also an Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 18 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2020-10-06T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Somers]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-somers-1 https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-somers-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Somers, NY - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Joseph Plouffe, RA, NCARB to its architectural team in Somers, NY.

Plouffe joins the architectural as a Project Manager, responsible for leading and managing the coordination of design teams and consultants from pre-design through close out. This includes managing the development of design drawings, construction documents, and providing construction administration services.

With more than 25 years of industry experience, Plouffe has an innovative design sense and expertise in communicating creative ideas through new technologies. He is most passionate about providing attentive service and producing quality technical documents that ensure a client’s needs are always met.

Prior to joining CPL, Plouffe served as the Director of Architectural Services at Tinkelman Architecture in Poughkeepsie, NY. He has a master’s degree in architecture and urban design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology. Additionally, Plouffe is a Registered Architecture in New York State and NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Board) Certified.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 18 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2020-10-08T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hires in Buffalo]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-buffalo https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-buffalo Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Buffalo, NY - Thursday, October 1, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Louis Henley and Mustafa Shakoor, EIT to its civil engineering team in Buffalo, NY.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Henley will assist with drafting, design, and cost estimates for a variety of transportation engineering projects. He joins the CPL team after serving six years at Powell’s Paving and Maintenance. Henley has an associate degree in business administration from SUNY Genesee Community College and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo. Outside the office, he is the President of the Newstead Fire Company.

Also joining the civil engineering team, Shakoor will design and draft a variety of transportation engineering projects, including new roadways, curb ramps and conducting inspections. Prior to joining CPL, he served as a Highway Design Engineering Intern at the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 5, where he became very familiar with NYSDOT standards and specifications. Shakoor has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo and a New York State EIT (Engineer In Training) Certification.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 18 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2020-10-01T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Rochester]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-rochester-1 https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-rochester-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Rochester, NY - Friday, June 12, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Nicole Cullen to its civil engineering team in Rochester, NY.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Cullen will assist with drafting, design, construction management and surveying for a variety of project types. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, she served as an intern while earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 18 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2020-06-12T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Somers]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-somers https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-somers Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Somers, NY - Wednesday, June 6, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Victoria Dolan to its administrative team in Somers, NY.

In her new role, Dolan will provide administrative support in the form of office management, critical clerical work and scheduling meetings or events. As an experienced support and client services professional, she has superior communication and time management skills. Both organized and highly efficient, Dolan is an expert in streamlining tasks and helping others do their jobs more productively.

Dolan has an associates of applied science degree in business administration from Westchester Community College. She is also a member of the Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Honor Society.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 18 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2020-06-10T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Design Charettes at CPL]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-design-charettes-at-cpl https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-design-charettes-at-cpl The concept of “design” and the role it plays here at CPL is a broad topic that encompasses our culture, our people and our work.

Design is an essential part of Who We Are. It crosses all disciplines and practice teams and is embedded in our everyday decision-making process. It impacts our clients, our partnerships, our communities and our people. It also affects the way we work, collaborate, mentor and evolve as design professionals.

To put it frankly, we care deeply about design.

One of the ways we stay dedicated to facilitating a culture that is centered around design is by having frequent “Design Charettes” in each of our offices. These charettes are collaborative brainstorming sessions that can range anywhere from a quick, impromptu conversation to a planned, intensive discussion involving multiple team members and stakeholders. At CPL, charette sessions are important internal tools that allow us to inspire one another, push creative boundaries, and explore unique design solutions for our clients.


In CPL’s Buffalo, NY office, our team has monthly design charettes that are typically focused on specific projects or proposal submissions. These scheduled workshops occur during a lunch hour and are always advertised as open invitations for anyone in the office to attend. All team members are encouraged to sit in, share their thoughts, absorb ideas, and most importantly, be inspired.

“Prior to each charette, a Project Manager will often share key project goals and information, including project specs, floor plans and images to help us all prepare for the upcoming session,” said Carly Owczarczak, CID, LEED AP BD+C, NCIDQ, CPL design team member in Buffalo. “I genuinely look forward to these meetings each month and appreciate the opportunity to participate in a design-focused conversation with my colleagues.”


Recently, team members in our Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY and Woodstock, GA offices worked on and completed renovations for the Northridge Church’s campus in Webster, NY. Throughout the course of the project, the team conducted several design charettes to facilitate intentional conversations around material assessments, color sections as well as the project’s overall design direction. As a result, the newly renovated space emotes a warm, industrial, “local coffee shop” feeling as soon as you walk in - a design outcome that was directly requested by the client.


Our design charettes have quickly become very powerful tools used for engaging team members, stimulating ideas and enhancing our quality of work. They allow us to garner a better understanding of each other’s perspectives and further maintain a design-oriented culture.

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2020-09-18T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: The Jonas Hill Hospital & Clinic – Designed to Heal Hearts and Minds]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-the-jonas-hill-hospital-clinic-designed-to-heal-hearts-and-minds https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-the-jonas-hill-hospital-clinic-designed-to-heal-hearts-and-minds Mental health is one of the most critical and underserved “hidden crises’” facing our communities today. This crisis has only escalated in the past six months where societal fears, anxieties and social isolation have been daily themes surrounding the global pandemic. During these turbulent times, having access to high-quality mental healthcare services has never been more important.

Fortunately, the Jonas Hill Hospital & Outpatient Clinic recently opened its doors to offer hope, healing and treatment to families and individuals struggling with mental health issues.


Located on a rolling site adjacent to UNC Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, NC, Jonas Hill had its grand opening in July 2020. Using holistic, team-based care, this community-minded facility is truly unique in that it combines both inpatient and outpatient services in a setting that supports healing, and promotes community awareness and involvement.

Complete with 27 beds for adult inpatient behavioral health hospitalization, Jonas Hill is equipped to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance abuse. The facility’s integrated outpatient clinic (expected to open in 2021) will provide additional education and resources to patients and their families including behavioral health evaluations, medication management, and therapy/counseling.


CPL Architect and Project Manager, Robin Washco, AIA, NCARB, said that providing safety and security for patients and staff within a healing environment were the key drivers during the design process.

“The facility was designed to incorporate open concept architecture with high ceilings and ample natural light,” said Washco. “The goal was to eliminate dark, confined spaces and encourage optimal interactions between patients and staff, as well as nature wherever possible. Lighting was also a huge focus throughout the design as we know it has substantial impacts on a patient’s overall health, wellbeing and natural circadian rhythm.”


Additionally, all furniture, finishes and equipment used throughout the facility were thoughtfully and intentionally selected to foster a safe, soothing and non-institutional environment for patients. Ensuring no harm could potentially be brought onto one’s self or others was a top priority.

CPL Interior Designer, Molly Livingstone, NCIDQ, said the design selections were centered around natural elements with relaxed palettes to create a serene space for healing.

“The client emphasized a desire to bring in a mix of familiar and abstract imagery to help patients feel calm, while still keeping their safety in mind,” Livingstone explained. “That led our team to incorporate the well-known Blue Ridge Mountain scenery, painted by a local artist, into the group rooms. We also emphasized muted tones, natural woods, and regional materials to keep with the comfortable theming intentions.”

“Every single detail was considered to ultimately achieve a comfortable and secure environment that respects the wellbeing of everyone who enters it,” added Washco.


Jonas Hill also boasts a large outdoor courtyard with a walking track and spaces for music therapy, yoga, meditation and exercise. Designed for healing, the facility in its entirety provides transformative, clinically integrated, high-quality mental health care for members of the community.


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2020-09-22T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Introducing Spatial Data Services]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-introducing-spatial-data-services https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-introducing-spatial-data-services CPL is proud to introduce our Spatial Data Service offering - an evolutionary advancement in the AEC industry designed to give you access to real-world building data in the palm of your hand. Leveraging leading Reality Capture platforms, our team of spatial and building-systems experts can provide you and your team with high-quality data and insights that empower you to make better, more informed decisions about your facilities.


Click here to learn more about CPL's Spatial Data Services and/or contact SpatialDataServices@CPLteam.com today.

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2020-09-24T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL Deploys 3D Technology to Design 21st Century Learning Spaces ]]> https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-cpl-deploys-3d-technology-to-design-21st-century-learning-spaces https://mail.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-cpl-deploys-3d-technology-to-design-21st-century-learning-spaces Last year, CPL in collaboration with Mid Hudson Construction Management, completed renovations at Duchess Day School (DDS) in Millbrook, NY. The renovated portion of the academic building, affectionately known as the “Tower House,” features classrooms, offices, bathrooms and rooms for storage.

The Tower House dates to the 1950’s when the school first occupied an old farmhouse. At the time, it was designed to accommodate small, closed-off learning spaces. In hopes of bringing this area of the building into the 21st century, DDS’ Head of School, Matthew Heard, envisioned a transformation that would result in an open, more engaging learning environment that aligns with the school’s forward-thinking teaching methods.


Converting old, segmented spaces into large, open-concept classrooms is no easy task. Additionally, the aged building was originally constructed with methods that differ greatly from the modern-day standards and technologies often used today.

In order to overcome these challenges and ensure Heard’s vision was achieved, CPL had to think outside of the box to design a new structural system that would effectively open up interior spaces, while still meeting today's building codes.


The CPL team capitalized on the use of 3D camera technology, which enabled us to scan every square inch of the building to verify the location of critical structural components – a task that would ordinarily be impossible to verify without significant demolition prior to design.

Working alongside Connolly Engineering, our team easily located all structural components, and avoided the typical, costly and intrusive practice of “selective demolition.” In addition to the successful design of a new structural system, this collaborative effort resulted in a fast-tracked project schedule without any increased costs. The newly renovated “Tower House” is now equipped to accommodate 21st century learning that students can learn, grow and thrive in.


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2020-09-17T00:00:00-04:00